Penn students pursue their faith and fellowship within a wide variety of student organizations. For more information follow the links to each organizational website or contact our office. Organizations are grouped by faith tradition and listed alphabetically.

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Baha’i  |  Buddhist  |  Christian  |  Hindu/Jain  |  Interfaith  |  Jewish  |  Meditation/Spiritual  |  Muslim  |  Secular  |  Sikh  |  Support


Penn Baha’i Association

Student Contacts: 

The Penn Baha’i Association aims to unite members of the Baha’i faith and students of all faiths on Penn’s campus in order to promote the  ideals of the oneness of humanity and unity among the world’s religions. Study circles, devotional gatherings, and community service projects form the core activities through which the Association works toward this goal. 


Penn Buddhism Club

Staff Contact: Hojin ParkGrace Song
Student Contact: Meilin Chong

Buddhism Club is a supportive community whose goal is to create a welcoming environment for all to learn and deepen their understanding of the teaching of the Buddha. The club main activities include mindfulness practice, sitting meditation, discussion of Buddhism texts, deep listening, and compassion meditation. Please feel free to contact if you are interested.

SGI Buddhist Club at Penn

Staff Contact: Eva DavisLaura Naden
Student Contact: Hideto Koizumi

SGI Buddhist Club at Penn is a student organization contributing to the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA). This group aims to help students unlock their hidden potential and achieve creative harmony with their environment through the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.


Adventist Students for Christ

Student Contact: Bruno Saconi

Adventist Students for Christ is a student-led Seventh-Day Adventist Christian group that focuses on both studying the Bible through weekly group discussions and developing strong relationships in fellowship among students, staff, and the large Penn community. Our meetings happen every Friday from 7-8PM at Harnwell College Course (Dungeon or room M-10 at the Mezzanine). We also host many programs throughout the semester such as fun hangouts, dinners, conferences, end of semester celebration, and more. What we all have in common is LOVE: We love to have fun, we love the Lord, and we love meeting new people! Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for events and updates. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Alabaster Group at Penn

Staff Contact: Elias QuanYue Xu
Student Contact: Kenisha Santiago,

Alabaster Group is a family of students across the Ivy League campuses. We exist out of a devotion for Jesus Christ alone, and we hope to become as intimate with him as possible and to spread his gospel to the increase of his glory. On Penn’s campus, we gather twice a week to worship, to pray, to study His word, and to evangelize. We also host retreats few times a year for students across various campuses on the East Coast. It is our prayer that one day, all will know His glorious name and brokenness, depression, and loneliness will be replaced by his unrelenting love.

Alabaster Group at Penn is the local chapter of Alabaster Group, with a church located in New York City

Asian Baptist Student Koinonia

Staff Contact: James Won
Student Contact:
Joanna Lee

Asian Baptist Student Koinonia (ABSK) is a campus group committed to studying the Word of God and building Christ-centered relationships as a family of God. We strive to learn more about God through the Bible and share God’s love with all in the Penn community.  All are welcome to join us on Friday nights for thought-provoking Bible studies, food, fun and fellowship.

ABSK is a Christian fellowship ministering to college and university communities around the world.

Catholic Health Professionals

Student Contact: Gabbie Ramos 

Started by Catholic nursing students, this group aims to engage students, faculty, and practitioners in open dialogue about the Catholic medical ethics, prayer and healing, treating patients of various differing religions, and discerning the vocation to work in the health care field. Students will be aided in joining national organizations that pertain to their field such as the National Association of Catholic Nurses, Catholic Medical Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, and  Nurses Christian Fellowship; resources will be taken from this group as well created by students.  Events throughout the year include blessing of healing hands mass, faith formation discussions groups, training to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in local Philadelphia Hospitals, Life Ministry, partnered service with other on campus groups, guest speakers, and more. All are welcome to attend meetings and events, especially nursing and pre-med students.

CCO at Penn

Staff Contact: Ryan McCormick, Natalie Harvey
Student Contacts: Chris Jackson, Elizabeth Lazarus

The CCO calls college students to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives. We share the Gospel with students and develop passionate disciples of Jesus Christ. We serve together with the church and invite students into the lives of local congregations. We give students a vision for serving Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.

CCO at Penn is affiliated with City Church & CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)

Chi Alpha Pennchi alpha image

Staff Contacts: Dr. Philip and Valerie McLeod
Student Contact: Ryan Young

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is a body of students earnestly following Jesus, who come together to worship our amazing God, to learn His Word and be discipled, to encourage one another and pray, and to have fun making friendships that will last a lifetime.  Even though our name is Greek, we’re not a fraternity or sorority.  However, if you’re looking for brothers and sisters, you’ve come to the right place!

Chi Alpha is sponsored by the Assemblies of God with over 300 chapters throughout the United States.

China Outreach Ministries

Staff Contact: Gregg Smyrl

China Outreach Ministries is a national organization of Americans and Chinese who serve students, scholars and their families from China studying at universities in North America. We are not a church but we are a Christian group that works with local churches in sharing Christian love. We welcome everyone from China to participate whether they have religious beliefs or not.

China Outreach Ministries serves in co-operation with University City Chinese Christian Church, Philadelphia, PA.

CA logoThe Christian Association

Staff Contacts: Megan LeCluyse
Student Contacts: Douglas GriswaldDestinee Anderson

The CA is a student community where all are invited to explore their faith and question what they believe, and are welcomed to be whoever the heck they are!


Christian Students at Penn

Staff contact: Russell Cox, Matt Martin
Student contact: Tammy ChenPriscilla Cho

We are the Penn chapter of Philly Christian Students, an association of undergraduate and graduate-student believers in Christ from diverse backgrounds at Penn, Temple, Drexel, Villanova, and other Philadelphia-area college campuses. We seek to help believers to grow in their Christian life and to help non-Christians understand what it means to be a Christian. Our goal is to cooperate with God for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose to have an expression and represention of Himself on the earth (Eph. 3:8-12).

Christian Students @ Penn is affiliated with Philly Christian Students and receives support from a local congregation, the church in Philadelphia.

Christian Union at Penn

Staff Contacts: Tucker Else, Kelly Schaaf, Fuji Min
Student Contact: Isaiah Smith, Lisbette Hernandez, Malia Szyman, Emmanuel Foltz

Christian Union at Penn is a gospel-centered community that welcomes students from all backgrounds. Our ministry emphasizes leadership development, rigorous study of scripture, social justice and active involvement in campus and community life. We encourage every student to pursue their calling as servant, disciple and leader, growing in the likeness and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Christian Union at Penn is resourced by Christian Union.   

collegium logoThe Collegium Institute Student Association

Staff contact: Dr. Dan Cheely, Jessica Sweeney, Philippe Becker
Student contact: Aaron Chen, Theresa Dierkes

The Collegium Institute Student Association at Penn is a vibrant academic community that draws mainstream learning at Penn into conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition, and with the “catholic” or universal questions that animate a human life.   For undergraduates it offers weekly dinner discussions (Food for Thought), Faith & Reason seminars, inter-collegiate humanities feasts, a Medical Humanities fellowship series, a Philosophy of Finance working group, classical language workshops, lectures and special events, and a robust student fellows program.  Its flourishing depends upon its members working together to cultivate certain virtues of mind and character, such as humility, trust, honesty, justice, and the love of truth. Collegium’s faculty and student fellows come from a variety of religious faiths and none.

Episcopal Campus Ministry at Penn

Staff Contacts: The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen
Student Contacts: Allie Schreffler

The Episcopal Campus Ministry at Penn is a resource and a home for students at the University of Pennsylvania who are interested in the Anglican approach to faith, life, and community informed by scripture, tradition, and reason. Sponsored by, and housed in, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church located at 3916 Locust Walk (next door to Civic House), we are guided by the commandment to love God and love our neighbor.  Our Sunday 11AM mass is a traditional Anglican service with volunteer choir, and our weekly sung Compline service (Thursdays during term at 8PM) for undergraduate and graduate students is a simple, chanted candlelight service to end your week with peace and contemplation. Also, on Tuesdays during term we offer a low mass with healing prayers at 12:15PM- it is under half an hour. Our St. Hilda’s Chapel is open weekdays from 9AM-2PM, as an oasis on campus of quiet for prayer or meditation. When we say all are welcome at St. Mary’s, we mean it- we strive to be inclusive, diverse, and inviting no matter who you are or where you are in your journey of faith.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Action

Student Contacts: Hannah Lee
Advisor: Jordan Lozzi

FCAIA helps sports-minded people think and live Biblically at the intersection of sport and Christianity. FCAIA is a co-ed, inter-sport community that is open to all.

Affiliated with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Athletes in Action (AIA) 

full measure logoFull Measure A Cappella

Student Contacts: Deborah Oh        

As Penn’s first and only Christian a cappella group, we hope to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel on campus and the West Philadelphia area. In acknowledgment and celebration of God’s sovereignty, we seek to worshipfully compel others to know Jesus more through music and our lives.

global connect ucity logoGlobal Connect: U City

Global Connect: U City aims to enhance the lives of all international students at Penn by providing service opportunities that meet practical needs, hosting social events to build connections among Americans and International students, and promoting spiritual growth by learning about Christianity and the Bible.  Global Connect: U City is open to people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religious backgrounds.

Global Connect: U City is a partnership between Intercultural Friends, International Students Inc & Philly Bridges

God’s Property

Staff Contact: Stanley Williams
Student Contact:

God’s Property is a student led organization committed to fostering community among Christian students who relate to black culture.

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Grace Covenant Church

Staff Contact: Bryan Mun
Student Contact:

The mission of our church is to raise up kingdom workers who are transformed by Christ to influence the world. We strive to be Bible-based, Spirit-led, prayer-driven, and missions-focused. If you’re an undergraduate student, graduate student, working young adult, or young married couple, we’d love for you to come check us out!

greek iv logoGreek Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Student Contact:

Penn Greek IV (Greek InterVarsity Christian Fellowship) desires to be a community of Greek students rooted and established in the God who transforms lives, renews the Greek system and changes the world through the love of Jesus Christ.

Penn Greek IV is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA

Intercultural Friends              

Staff Contact: Sarah MitchellRoger Converse
Student Contact:

We bring together students, researchers, and their families from any country, culture, or religion for the purpose of friendship, learning, and spiritual support. We offer free English chats, Bible discussions for internationals from any faith, multi-national discussions forums, social activities, and holiday celebrations with Americans. 

We are associated with Penn Graduate Christian Fellowship (PGCF) and Global Connect U City locally and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA

ISI logoInternational Students Inc. (ISI)

Staff Contacts: Lyn NewbranderTim Newbrander
Student Contact: Pranoy Conrad Luis

ISI Philly is a Christian organization that offers international students and scholars: friendships with American families, special activities (cultural, social, recreational), ESL opportunities, discussions about the Bible, and small group gatherings. We meet every Friday night off-campus for dinner in an American home.  The first Friday of each month, dinner is followed by a fun activity.  The other Fridays in the month are followed by a Bible discussion.  ISI Philly welcomes any student, regardless of race, nationality, or religious preference. You do not have to be a member of the Christian faith to join ISI Philly.

ISI Philly is affiliated with International Students, Inc. nationally, and locally works in partnership with Global Connect: U City  

Latter Day Saints Student Association

Student Contact:

The UPenn Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) exists to serve the friends and members of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are a part of the University of Pennsylvania Community. The club seeks to foster friendships and promote faith through weekly scripture study, frequent social events, inter-collegiate conferences, and inter-faith campus events. Students of any faith are more than welcome to participate in LDSSA activities and events!

Affiliated with the LDS Philadelphia YSA Ward located at 1682 Wood Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

locust walk logoLocust Walk Christian Journal

Student Contact:

Locust Walk is a student-led Christian publication that exists to present the perspectives of faith and non-faith worldviews on questions of truth and purpose. Through active dialogue within the University of Pennsylvania, we seek to build relationships modeled after the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who informs our understanding of cultural engagement, reconciliation, and community. We pledge to cultivate an environment where the pursuit of solidarity in diversity can lay a foundation for conversation conducted with love and mutual respect.

Lutheran Campus Ministry

Staff Contacts: Rev. Fritz Fowler
Student Contacts: James Stanton

Lutheran Campus Ministry, hosted by University Lutheran Church, is a ministry for students, faculty, staff and others on campus and in the community, and is not just a ministry for Lutherans. LCM hosts both weekly and monthly events for students and young adults and we invite students to attend our Sunday morning worship.

University Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is an official Campus Ministry of the ELCA.

NSP logoNew Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir

Student Contact: Elizabeth Lazarus

As a group focused on ministry, the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir seeks to spread the word of the Lord through song and help to serve as a catalyst for change in the spiritual lives of those affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in the surrounding communities. The choir meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays,  from 8 to 10 pm in ARCH Auditorium. The choir has open rehearsals and auditions are not required!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)        

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The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) meets weekly on campus. Our mission is to provide all students engagement with the ancient Christian faith.  The OCF is student led with Orthodox clergy advising.  Our weekly activities include among other things prayer, discussion, and fellowship.

OCF is affiliated with the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas.

Penn Catholic Newman Community

Staff Contacts: Patrick Travers
Student Contacts: Gabbie Ramos, John Ortega

The Penn Catholic Newman Community is the Roman Catholic Church’s presence on Penn’s campus.  Penn Catholic offers a variety of social, spiritual, and service opportunities to help enrich one’s relationship with God, himself, and others through a greater understanding of the Catholic faith. All Penn students are welcome to participate.

Penn Catholic Newman Community is affiliated with Sts. Agatha & James Parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Penn Catholic Service Association

Student Contact: Edward Rodriguez

The Penn Catholic Service Association was founded to offer students a university-sponsored forum to meet other Catholics and live their faith through service to the community. With the help of Fox Leadership’s Faith and Service Partnership, we are committed to Catholic social teaching through service to Penn, West Philadelphia, and the global community. 

Penn Cru logo

Penn Cru

Staff Contact: Danielle Wilson, Jill Brake, Addison Frank, Emily Frank
Student Contact: Kailey Blair, Jadah DaleyJared Elters Dempsey, Chris Jackson 

Penn Cru helps students and faculty come to know Jesus, grow in their faith, and go to the world to tell others about God’s love. We are the local chapter of Cru at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Penn for Jesus

Student contact: George Yang, Promise Adebayo-Ige

Penn for Jesus forges partnerships in prayer to build missional communities that transform college campuses with the Gospel of Jesus.  At the University of Pennsylvania, we function as a coalition group for Christ-centered organizations.

Affiliated with Campus Renewal Ministries.

PGCF LogoPenn Graduate Christian Fellowship

Staff Contact: Sarah Mitchell
Student Contacts: Stephen Phillips, Jonathan Rumley

PGCF is a heterogeneous community of University of Pennsylvania graduate students growing in our understanding of God through Christ and His revealed Word, living integrated Christ-transformed lives, and inviting others to know Him.  We have weekly prayer, worship, small group Bible discussion, and occasional social events. 

We are affiliated with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship USA.

Penn Students for Christ

Staff Contact: Gavin Lymberopoulos
Student Contact: Sydney Gwynn

Penn Students for Christ (PSC) is a campus ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church for students at the University of Pennsylvania. PSC offers weekly on-campus Bible studies and campus outings, community service ministries, Christian community on campus, and the opportunity for students to stay connected with a local church during their time at Penn.

Penn Students for Christ is a part of the college ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church.

philly bridges logoPhilly Bridges

Staff Contact: Dave Brindley

Philly Bridges exists to serve you as an international students in our community. We do that through… Service: Providing you with valuable services that meet your tangible needs. Social: Providing social networking opportunities to get to know other Americans and fellow international students. Spiritual Resource: Providing you with opportunities to learn about Christianity and the Bible.

Philly Bridges is part of Bridges International

Queer Christian Fellowship

Student contact:
Staff contact: Megan LeCluyse

Group description: The Queer Christian Fellowship is a supportive community for LGBT Christians and allies who want to talk more about faith and sexuality. QCF aims to be an open space where all people can learn. You don’t have to be queer or even out, and you don’t have to know everything about being LGBT or about being a person of faith. Our meetings will include group discussions about scripture and current events, as well as social gatherings on campus and around Philadelphia.

Affiliated with the Christian Association

RCF logoRenewal College Fellowship

Staff Contact: Dan Whang
Student Contacts: Tim Lim

The mission of Renewal College Fellowship (RCF) is for every individual to experience the gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ within a caring Christian community. Our hope is that you would be able grow in Christ and find a community that encourages you on your spiritual journey.

RCF is the college ministry of Renewal Presbyterian Church

Story Philly Campus Chapter

Staff Contact: Josh Edgar
Student Contact: Chris Hendry

Story chapter is a constituent of Story Philly, a church located in Center City.  We believe that God is doing something new in our city and that He plans to bring restoration through people who will live for others, love well, stand against injustice, and pursue integrity.  It is our hope that through this group your ambitions, dreams, and influence may be expanded to impact your spheres, our city, and the globe.  This chapter will aim to allow its members to grow in love for Jesus and one another, as well as to be a “launch-pad” of inspiration through shared times of prayer, bible-study, and community events.

Young Life College

Staff Contact: Theron Huff
Student contact: Catherine Bache

The mission of Young Life is introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith and life. Young Life at Penn is seeking to engage students who are skeptical about faith in general – whether their own faith tradition or religious worldviews in general. We hold weekly dinners to engage in conversation around different topics chosen by students. Everyone is welcome to come as often as they would like.

Young Life at Penn is resourced by Young Life


HJA logoHindu Jain Association

Staff Contact: Deven Patel
Student Contacts: Amit Lohe, Chintan Thakore

Penn HJA was started in 1999 to increase awareness about Hinduism and Jainism. In the last decade, we have expanded rapidly on the national scene to become one of the most active chapters in the nation. HJA’s main events include Garba, Diwali, Saraswati Puja, and Hindu Jain Awareness Week along with many weekly activities.           

We are affiliated with the OmKar foundation which helps college organizations with religious and prayer services.


The Faith Fund

Student Contacts: Faith Fund Committee

The Faith Fund committee is a group of committed religious student leaders who work to provide funding and programming support for activities that consider religious and spiritual themes and non-event based support for religious and spiritual organizations. Religious and non-religious Penn student organizations are eligible to apply for event funding.

PRISM – Programs in Religion, Interfaith, and Spirituality Matters

Student Contacts: Cassandra Jobman & Nimai Agarwal

PRISM is Penn’s religious umbrella group. We work with individual groups to promote religious life at Penn while also encouraging interfaith dialogue. We plan regular interfaith service and dialogue projects and through the Faith Fund we provide funding for religious events on campus.


Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania

Staff Contact: Rabbi Mike Uram
Student Contacts: Sydney Lewis, Jonathan Yushuvayev

Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania is the umbrella organization for Jewish life on campus.  We encompass many religious, educational, social, cultural, Israel advocacy, and other groups that allow students to explore and create their own Jewish experiences on campus.  Our lively, fun community is comprised primarily of Penn undergraduates, but we also have a group for graduate students and young professionals and we welcome students from Drexel, Temple, and other Philadelphia-area schools.

Conservative Jewish Community at Penn

Staff Contacts: Ira Blum
Student Contacts: Jared RogersYarden Wiesenfeld

The Conservative Jewish Community at Penn offers social, educational and religious opportunities for the Penn community. CJC holds Shabbat services every Friday night that are filled with upbeat melodies and singing. We foster a welcoming community and organize events such as informal text learning, social gatherings and delicious dinners.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

Hillel’s Jewish Graduate Student Network      

Staff Contact: Tslil Shtulsaft 

The Jewish Graduate Student Network, a program of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, serves all of the Jewish graduate and professional students in the Philadelphia area through campus-based and city-wide events. The Grad Network offers a wide range of social, educational, cultural, and religious programs, as well as career development and community service opportunities.  The Grad Network offers extensive programming for Penn students as well as opportunities for Penn students to meet their peers at other universities.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

j-bagel logoJ-BaGeL

Staff Contact: Ira Blum
Student Contacts: Adiel

J-Bagel is a Philadelphia-wide student group dedicated to serving members of the LGBTQAI (Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual/Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Ally, Intersex) community. J-Bagel runs events for the Jewish and/or LGBTQAI community, including social gatherings, panel discussions, and Shabbat dinners. J-Bagel keeps an active online listserv where privacy is deeply respected.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

Jewish Renaissance Project (JRP)JRP logo

Staff Contact: Gabriel Greenberg

The Jewish Renaissance Project is about you, your interests, your friends, and your Jewish identity! JRP is an alternative choice for Penn students who want to figure out what Judaism means in a sophisticated and intellectually open way with other people who look and talk just like you.  JRP programs are diverse (with different designs for freshmen, Greeks, those who live off-campus and everyone else in between) and cover any way that you could want to explore your Judaism. 

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

Orthodox Community at Penn

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Elie Schwartz, Miriam Schwartz
Student Contacts: Noya Hanoch,  Simcha Stadlan

The Orthodox Community at Penn is one of the most active and vibrant student groups of Orthodox Jews in the country! Join us for daily events, classes, and services – or just come chat in the kosher dining hall at Hillel (Steinhardt Hall, 39th and Locust).

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

tzedek logoPenn Hillel Tzedek Social Justice

Staff Contact: Rabbi Micah Shapiro
Student Contacts: David Isaacs

Tzedek Social Justice (TSJ), is Hillel’s community service and advocacy group on campus. Framed by the Jewish imperatives of tzedakah (righteousness), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving-kindness), and tikun olam (repairing the world), Penn Hillel TSJ is committed to engaging and empowering students in meaningful public service both on and off campus and encouraging creative Jewish thinking about social justice issues. Some of our annual events include Mitzvah Day, Adopt-a-Family Drive and Relay for Life.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

RJC logoReform Jewish Community

Student Contacts: Cooper Robinson

RJC is Penn’s Reform Jewish Community, providing a spiritual, social, and religious home for Reform Jews on campus. If you are interested in musical and creative Shabbat services, warm and welcoming social events and dinners, or opportunities to learn more about Judaism, let us know! 

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

shabbatones logoShabbatones – (Jewish A Capella)

Student Contact: Daniel Shenwick

The Shabbatones always put on a great show. Having toured London, California, Florida and Boston, they have brought their a capella delight far and wide. With a repertoire of popular Israeli, American and Jewish songs, the Shabbatones’ music appeals to a wide group of people. So make sure to keep an eye out for this fantastic group as they rock their vocals all over campus.

shira chadasha logoShira Chadasha

Student Contacts: Ravi Brenner, Shira Silver, Hillel Ehrenreich

Shira Chadasha is a community which strives to provide Penn’s Jewish student body with spirited and inclusive prayer opportunities. We offer a traditional service that promotes the maximum participation of females and males within a halachik framework. Meeting throughout the semester, Shira Chadasha hosts lively Friday Night and Shabbat day services attended by a diverse group of students from throughout the Penn Hillel community. Shira Chadasha aims to increase awareness and discussion of issues related to prayer and spirituality, gender roles and Jewish Law, and the fostering of inclusivity in our Jewish communities.

Affiliated with Penn Hillel

Lubavitch House at Penn (Chabad)

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Ephraim LevinRabi Levi HaskelevichNechama HaskelevichRebecca Feldman
Student Contacts: Jamie Moreinis

Lubavitch House, a branch of Chabad on Campus, creates an open and welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and affiliations, to celebrate and explore their heritage. Our goal is to provide students a warm and non-judgmental space to participate in a variety of expressions of Jewish life: Educational classes, religious celebrations and holidays, community service and social programming. We strive to be the place where “every Jew is family.”

Jewish Heritage Programs

Staff Contact: Sophia Winston
Student Contact: Kacy Fishman

Since 1993, JHP has been dedicated to sustain the Jewish community through mentorship, education and, where possible, outreach to disengaged individuals. JHP energizes individuals not normally engaged in Jewish communal activities to engage their friends in activities that inspire and inform, to create and celebrate greater Jewish pride and identity.

JHP is affiliated with the Lubavitch House at Penn 

meor logoMeor Penn

Staff Contacts: Rabbi Rick Fox, Atara Weiss
Student Contacts: Jesse Fox, Cameron Isen, Michael Montague

Meor Means Illumination. Light reveals and inspires. Light expands vision and uncovers new realities. Meor is dedicated to illuminating lives with Jewish light. We hope to create a vibrant Jewish future led by a new generation of Jewish students who are: literate in Jewish wisdom, culture, and heritage; instilled with a deep personal identity that inspires commitment to Jewish values; empowered and actively engaged in Jewish community and support of Israel. 

We are affiliated with the national branch of Meor, located in NYC.




Muslim Life Program

Staff Contact: Patty Anton

The Muslim Life Program at the University of Pennsylvania support for Muslims on campus through the Muslim chaplain, programming and a physical home on campus. Visit us at 118 S. 37th St (behind Pottruck Gym – in the space that we share with the Christian Association. The Muslim Life Program supports graduate and undergraduate students and works with all Muslim student organizations and interfaith partners on campus. The Muslim Life Program seeks to create a welcoming environment for the students and community members that provides opportunities for intellectually and spiritually engaging with Islam.

Penn MSA logoMuslim Students Association

Staff Contact: Patty Anton
Student Contact: Tafshena Khan, Nancy Ibrahim                                        

We seek to create an inclusive and engaging environment for those on Penn’s campus who are interested in Islam. Through diverse programming, we aim to positively contribute to the social, professional, religious, and spiritual development of our members, and to collectively give back to the broader Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Additionally, our campus minister  provides religious, spiritual and pastoral guidance and counseling to Muslims at Penn in order to enrich their experience while here.

Penn Sapelo

Staff Contact: Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Student Contact: Aisha Oshilaja

Penn Sapelo is the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Muslim Student Organization dedicated to fostering dialogue, creating community, and engaging in service around the Black Muslim experience on campus and in the broader community. We are a family of both undergraduate and graduate students, and welcome all who identity as Black and Muslim and our ally friends to our organization.



Penn Sikh Organization

Staff Contact: Amrit Gahunia
Student Contact: Kamaljot Gill 

The Penn Sikh Organization (PSO) aims to foster greater awareness of Sikh values and tradition. The organization offers members the opportunity to learn more about the religion. In addition, it gives them the option to share this knowledge and the history of Sikhism with the greater Penn community through interfaith events.   



Staff Contact: Melissa Hopely Rice, Ephraim Levin
Student Contact: Allie Schlager, Allison Gelfarb
Emily Marucci

CogWell is a student-run peer-to-peer support network on Penn’s campus. Each semester we provide professional  training of  Active Listening skills to students and also provide mini workshops to various groups on campus. The group is based on friends helping friends on campus. Cogwell partners with the Chaplains Office and CAPS.

Penn Students of AMF – (AMF – Actively Moving Forward a support group for students coping with illness or death of loved ones)

Student Contact: Pat Zancolli

Actively Moving Forward (AMF) is a peer-led support group for individuals grieving the illness or death of a loved one. AMF holds meetings on Penn’s campus once every three weeks to help connect grieving students with one another. Penn’s chapter of AMF includes: (1) a peer-led Grief Support Group for students who are coping with the illness or death of a loved one to connect with others “who get it” (2) a Service Group open to ALL students to go to service events together throughout the Philly area.  To get connected email us or connect on Facebook.